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Eric Sunstrum

October 31, 1947 - October 6, 2020


With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Eric Sunstrum, 72,  who had a heart attack on October 6, 2020 in Cobble Hill, British Columbia.  Born October 31, 1947, in Ottawa, Ontario, he was the son of the late Moses Sunstrum and Isabelle (Walker) Sunstrum.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Eleanor (Hulse) Sunstrum; daughter Janet Sunstrum and her husband, Patrick Jadan; son Ian Sunstrum and his partner, Rebecca Murphy and three grandchildren Owen Jadan, Hailey Jadan, and Ronin Sunstrum.

Eric graduated from the Glebe High School in Ottawa in 1967, and then completed a Bachelor of Engineering at Carleton University in 1972.  He then began a masters degree but just before completing it, a job at Parks Canada beckoned him.  Eric worked for the next 34 years as a civil engineer for Parks Canada.  Some of his notable engineering projects included collaborating on the restoration of the Ottawa Canal, designing the wildlife underpasses in Banff and Jasper National Parks, the redesign of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal locks, inspecting the bridges and ladders along the West Coast and Chilkoot Trails and designing the pier for the Haida National Historic Site.  He was passionate about his profession and frequently reminisced about his times traveling for work to National Parks across the country.  He shared this love for the outdoors with his family and enjoyed many camping trips.

He survived cancer in 2008 and subsequently became a volunteer driver for the Canadian Cancer Society as he wanted to help people going through this vulnerable time in their lives.  He also enjoyed being an active part of his retirement community and volunteered on the Arbutus Ridge Civil Works Committee and the Promotional Committee.  In his spare time he loved to read about science and especially the mysteries of the universe.  He was interested in traveling, hockey, fishing, and had a passion for international cuisine and cooking.  Most of all, he delighted in spending time with friends and family and telling stories about everything that fascinated him from his learnings and experiences.

Eric’s funeral will be held on October 16th at 10 AM followed by the burial at 10:45 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church in Mill Bay.  Due to covid-19 restrictions, attendance at the funeral will be by invitation only.  Parishioners are welcome to attend the outside burial with physical distancing; however please call the Church Office at 250-743-1688 to register as there are still only 50 people permitted at the burial. There will also be a live stream of the funeral service for those unable to attend. Please go to the link https://distantlink.com/Wallace.html at 10:00 AM

If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to Eric’s favourite charity, the Salvation Army.

He will be dearly missed.  We will always carry his memory in our hearts.



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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Linda

On behalf of Art & I we would like to express our sorrow and pass our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We grieve with you.

From: Karen Hatfull
Relation: Niece

My deepest condolences Eleanor, Ian and Janet. I’m so sorry that you have lost a wonderful husband and dad. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of your loss.

From: Barbara Mills
Relation: Frirnd

I am so sorry, Eleanor, to hear of Eric’s passing. Today is Thanksgiving and I only heard of this yesterday. Hard to believe! I know he was a great husband and father. Hope you can find some peace at this horrible time.

From: Shannon Murphy

You will know he is still around because he will let you know …i know this because they never fully leave.. There is one thing i believe its is this ..our loved ones watch over us and send us signs my mom still likes to play and prank me ..he will let you know you will feel it give it time

From: Debby & Ray Noble
Relation: Friend

We were heartbroken to hear of the passing of our dear friend Eric. Our condolences to Eleanor, Janet, Ian and family

From: Doris and Kres Jadan
Relation: Parents of Patrick Jadan

Eric was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law. He was always happy and welcoming and had a positive outlook on life. We always enjoyed good times when we were together. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences to Eleanor, Janet, Ian, Owen, Hailey, and Ronin. Through the mercy of God may his soul rest in peace.

From: Corine and Ton de Groot
Relation: Through Church, Arbutus Ridg Community and the Curling Club

Dear Eleanor and Family,
Our Deepest condolence to you…🌺
Today a final fare well. Our hearts go out to you…
It might be to crowded to attent the service. But know that we are with you in our prayers and Thoughts
Corine and Ton de Groot.

From: Mervin L. Roth
Relation: Livimg at the Ridge & carpet bowling with him.

We send our condolence to Eric’s family. we are saddened by the loss of Eric ,at such a young age. We will keep good memories for having gotten to know him

From: Reg Lavergne and Shawna Moffatt
Relation: Family

Eleanor, Janet and Ian…please know that you are in our thoughts. Eric was a wonderful, positive and gentle man. He was so easy to talk to, and lit up a room when he entered it. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please take care.

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